Huntsville Tornado, Nov. 15, 1989 - Southern Region Disaster Survey
WSO Huntsville Staffing
Staff on Duty:
WSO Huntsville staffing
WSO Huntsville is authorized a staff level of 6 people, 5 Weather Service Specialists/Meteorologist Interns and the Meteorologist-in-Charge (MIC). A series of events, including staff illnesses and retirements, resulted in WSO Huntsville being minimally staffed for a period of time prior to this event, and at the time of the tornado, the WSO was two people below target staffing. This resulted in the WSO having limited capability to call in additional staff during periods of severe weather.
Knowing of this limitation, and expecting an active weather day, the Alabama Area Manager coordinated with the Acting OIC at Huntsville around 8:00 am on Wednesday, November 15th, and offered the assistance of one of the Meteorologist Interns at WSFO Birmingham. As a result, Mr. Scott Sharp was sent to Huntsville in the late morning to assist the staff.